Hey!! Hope you’re doing well and had a great weekend!
I love this time of year. First, I’m a May baby and that’s literally around the corner (I’ll be turning 34!!), second, it’s tulip season and tulips are my favorite so basically, I’m in full spring swing.
In case you missed it, here are my 7 tips to having more energy this spring!!! Had a blast on Good Day Dallas!!! Click the image below to watch or click here.
To recap, here are my tips below:
1. Get rid of clothes that don’t fit with who you are anymore.
This isn’t just about cleaning gout your closet, this is also good for your self-esteem. Swearing to yourself that you will one day wear those skinny jeans is only taking up physical and mental space and inevitably make you feel bad about yourself. Giving away old clothes that are too small is a great way to declare that you love and accept yourself as you are right now.
1b. Bless and release old grudges and resentments.
Think about how someone who may have brought pain into your life has taught you a valuable lesson. Thank them, send them love and gratitude, and release them from your life. This will help cut the negative cord that has been holding you onto them. As far as intimate and professional relationships, start identifying what you need to be happy in relationships.
2. Say “NO” more to obligations.
Instead of saying YES immediately, give yourself the time to think about it. The only person putting pressure on you is yourself. You get to decide how much of your time and energy you want to give. Allow yourself the 24-hour rule. Give yourself 24 hours to commit to anything.
3. Get to bed earlier and wake up earlier
The later you sleep the more tired you will will waking up in the morning. Create a night time ritual where you soothe yourself and allow yourself to sleep peacefully. Set your alarm to wake up to peaceful music. Most Americans are exhausted and tired in the morning and then try to wake themselves up by pumping themselves with caffeine. Instead, sleep enough so you don’t have t overcompensate by drinking highly caffeinated drinks.
4. Move your body
Start slowly. If you haven’t been to the gym or exercised in a while, start off by taking a 15-minute walk, seven days a week. The key is consistency. Keep your workout clothes by your bed or stop at your local park for a walk. Also when going to a store park as far away as you can so you are forced to walk those few extra steps. Anything helps.
5. Have an afternoon power snack
Low energy levels can also be a result of dehydration and our blood sugar levels dropping. Keep energizing snacks on hand like a power bar, berries, hummus and crackers, something healthy that you can munch on to boost your sugar levels to its balanced state.
Hope you are enjoying your holiday!! Growing up I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving the “traditional” way, with all the turkey and fixings, primarily because we don’t meat and also because it’s not part of the Indian culture. However, we would always use this time to give thanks and get together with our family.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been giving you a sneak peak behind what’s happening over at the Kumar-Patel household. Moving to Austin, starting vegetarian culinary school at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, rearranging my business model, etc.
I have committed to a life of transparency and full self-expression so as to impact others to do the same.
What I haven’t let you in on is something that is very sacred to me. My marriage. I don’t share much about my marriage mostly because that is the one thing that I have that is all mine.
And how ironic that today is also our three year wedding anniversary.
Yup, three years ago today, Ashish and I got married.
Marrying Ashish was one of the easiest decisions for me to make.
If I was being completely transparent with you I would say this:
I am a LOT to handle (like you didn’t already know that). Between living with and effectively managing my bipolar gift, running a business, being a risk taker, and just an overall bundle of energy-
I know one one thing for sure.
It takes a strong, secure, and an extraordinary person to be with me.
And I cannot imagine any other man being able to BE with all of me except my husband Ashish.
You see it was just a few months ago I said to him,
“Babe, I feel like there is something missing in my life.”
Ashish and I talked, soul-stormed (brainstormed), and with his support and through our conversation realized that I really really deeply desired to go to culinary school.
Becoming a vegetarian chef is more than just cooking for me.
Food is love for me.
My mom worked a lot growing up as cardiologist in private practice but I always knew in spite of her physical absence that she loved me.
How? Because she would always come home and feed my sister and I first (even though she was starving herself).
Anyway, yes, these are the “crazy” ideas I come up with. Picking up and leaving Kansas and moving to Austin so I can start culinary school. Nothing more than a dream and a desire.
And a husband who is crazy enough to support me as well.
A husband that is willing to break our lease, pack up our stuff, and drive to Austin on Dec 15th.
A husband who is willing to literally start from scratch because he is more committed to both of us living amazing lives, than simply getting by.
And that is what today is about. Thanking those who support us, even in our craziness and with our wild dreams that may seem completely insane to the outside world.
The outside world doesn’t matter.
What matters is what you want, and what you’re willing to do to become a better human being. (click to tweet tweet)
And being grateful for those that get you. In all of your crazy ways.
And who that is for me, is Ashish.
My solid rock. My unshakeable force. My blessing. And the silent witness to my greatness.
I want to leave with you something my father, Shanti said to me the other day:
Roti, kapda, aur makan.
Translation: Food, clothing, and a roof over your head.
Be grateful for that first. Everything else is a luxury.
What are you grateful for today (and everyday)? I’d love to hear in discussion section below.
I am grateful for you. Thank you for reading, commenting, and writing to me. It fills me up more than I can ever express. But most of all, thank you for being you.
P.S. Holiday time can get a little stressful. Watch my segment below on Kansas City Live where I share how to deal with family members